For a high school/college kid in the early '90s, it was easy to get fed up with the U.S. mainstream's increasingly homogenized take on popular music -- especially whenever the disappointing Grammy Awards came around every February. The Grammys have always had an elderly, buttoned-down air to their w ... More >>
Without knowing Lorde, I'll admit that she seems likeable. On paper, a 16-year-old riding a hit single and already getting to share her artistic dreams to a huge audience is inspiring. Adding to that, the New Zealand native often mentions in interviews that her poet mother put lots of good books in ... More >>
The moody atmospherics of Halloween, Alaska have returned with an EP of covers titled Liberties. Drawing from songs popularized by Portishead, Sade, Neko Case, Pat Benatar, Journey, and Stevie Nicks, the group embrace some of the most powerful female vocalists of our time -- and Steve Perry too. "I ... More >>
RadioheadSprint Center, Kansas CitySunday, March 11, 2012With Radiohead continuing to ignore the Twin Cities for some unknown, annoying reason (14 years and counting), Kansas City was the closest the band would get during the first leg of their 2012 U.S. tour for The King Of Limbs. So, 18,000 ... More >>
Photo By James RhodesOther Lives and Halloween, Alaska7th St. Entry, MinneapolisFebruary 9, 2012The music of Other Lives has such a classic, timeless quality to it that even the band's new songs sound instantly familiar. The Stillwater, Oklahoma quintet treated the sold-out Entry to a sweeping ... More >>
Polica's in-studio performance featuring an interview with the Current's Mark Wheat recently hit NPR, not MPR, but the national one. With an impressive number of camera angles, we get a look at "Wandering Star" and "The Maker" that's not unlike any number of professionally created music videos in ... More >>
Everything from their name to the number of members in the band hint at something simple, but post-punk Minneapolis electro-duo, The Night, are anything but straightforward.Their songs sound like collaborations within themselves -- two halves not quite fitting together as you'd expect -- yet stil ... More >>
Greater Minds pays little attention to convention
This week, City Pages talked to Morcheeba frontwoman Skye Edwards about rejoining the band after being dismissed by the popular downtempo trio's founding brothers Godfrey in 2003. Edwards gave Morcheeba its trademark sound with her smoky smooth vocals and longtime fans are psyched to have her bac ... More >>
Photo by Stacy SchwartzRoma di Luna at the Minnesota Zoo last summerRoma di Luna Christmas ShowDecember 19, 2010Cedar Cultural Center, MinneapolisRoma di Luna's annual Christmas show at the Cedar last night was a divine treat for all who were lucky enough to snag tickets to the very sold-out per ... More >>
Producer's solo debut features "stuff too weird for a rap beat"
New faces did their take on familiar ground, and familiar faces did their take on something entirely brand new.
Turning on to Digitata's blippity ballads
Blonde Redhead's lyrical music evokes an histoire du cinema
RJD2 creates spy flick cinemascapes for strip mall fugitives
Reverb rockers Jonas embrace the joys of wonkery
The Beautiful South serenades the English in all their shabby splendor; Black Box Recorder finds the sad side of sadism
Sound + Vision: A new generation of DJs and musicians play cut 'n' paste with film history.
As part of Brian Eno's Passengers, U2 get a chance to escape themselves.